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Hezel Associates Welcomes Niki Perkins to the Team

Hezel Associates welcomes Niki Perkins to the team as an Administrative Assistant. In her new role with the company she will be supporting research staff with document creation and formatting, note-taking, and assisting in a diverse range of tasks to meet project deadlines.

Learn more about our newest team member here: http://tiny.cc/c7nu3x


Hezel Associates Continues Their Relationship with SCSD with ELT Evaluation

Syracuse City School District received a grant from the New York State Department of Education to design and implement an Extended Learning Time (ELT) program for 12 community schools. The schools will partner with community based organizations (CBOs) to deliver ELT services to over 2,000 students in grades K-8. The program is targeted at academically at risk students to supplement their academics and engage students in enrichment activities. Hezel Associates will serve as the external evaluator of grant activities to monitor program implementation and impact, and provide summative feedback to guide program improvement.

Hezel Associates’ evaluation of the ELT program is designed to assess implementation fidelity and quality, as well as to explore the impact of ELT on student enhancement and youth development. Our research questions address the quality of the youth development activities, the level of participation by partners, the effectiveness and efficiency of partner operations, and successes and challenges of ELT activity delivery. We will provide SCSD with a summative report of methods, findings, and recommendations to inform decision making for the second year of ELT implementation.

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CEO Knestis Contributes to STELAR Webinar

Hezel Associates' CEO, Kirk Knestis will be contributing to another STELAR webinar on September 24, 2015. Along with David Blustein, Boston College and David Reider, Education Design, LLC, Dr. Knestis will be discussing the elements of career education and how workforce data should be used in the framing of an NSF ITEST proposal.

Register for the webinar here: http://bit.ly/1OyPKbS


SU Awarded Rare NSF NRT Project

Hezel Associates will serve as the third-party evaluator for a $3 million grant won by Syracuse University. The grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is part of their NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) funding, of which Syracuse was 1 of 8 universities to receive the award. The newly funded program, Education Model Program on Water-Energy Research (EMPOWER) will prepare masters and doctoral students at Syracuse University with the technical and professional skills needed to excel in the field. Hezel Associates will be working collaboratively with Syracuse University to create a comprehensive mixed-methods evaluation and will also explore the impact of the grant on the STEM community to identify any promising practices that have emerged during grant activities that could be shared with a broader audience.

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Hezel Associates Evaluates Another NSF ATE Project

Suffolk County Community College (SCCC; www.SCCC.edu) has been awarded a grant by the National Science foundation (NSF) for an Advanced Technical Education (ATE) initiative. The Leading Innovation through Green High-Tech Engineering, Sustainability & Security (LIGHTES^2) project will build upon New York State’s significant investment in sustainable energy industry growth.

Hezel Associates, LLC has been contracted by SCCC to conduct an external evaluation of this project in order to monitor implementation, provide formative feedback for project improvements, and assess the effectiveness of the project in terms of achieving its goals for students.

To learn more about this innovative project, click here: https://www.sunysuffolk.edu/About/News/3826.asp


Five Questions All Evaluators Should Ask Their Clients

Our very own Pat Fiorenza got to share his thoughts on client relationships in the evaluation field in the EvaluATE blog. Click here to read what you should ask your client at the onset of your project: http://www.evalu-ate.org/blog/fiorenza-july2015/


Hezel Associates Further Expands its US DOL TAACCCT Portfolio

Hezel Associates has been selected as the external evaluator for Alpena Community College’s (ACC; discover.alpenacc.edu) US DOL TAACCCT Round 4 grant. ACC received $2,500,000 in this round of Federal funding, which focuses on four STEM industry sectors.

Its fourteenth US DOL TAACCCT evaluation, Hezel Associates is conducting a concurrent embedded mixed-methods study in order to answer the program’s research questions. In order to assess the impact of the project on performance measures, Hezel Associates is using a quasi-experimental, matched participant design using propensity score matching to identify a comparison group for the programs of study.

For more information, click here: http://tiny.cc/5fe90x


Hezel Associates Evaluates Veteran’s Program in Virginia

Hezel Associates will conduct an evaluation to assess the implementation and impact of the Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and Mentoring programs being piloted as part of the Department of Labor Virginia Veterans Services Demonstration Project at five locations in the Virginia Community College System (VCCS; http://www.vccs.edu/). This evaluation will be a comprehensive mixed methods study and data will be collected from five pilot sites: Germanna Community College, Lord Fairfax Community College, Northern Virginia Community College, Thomas Nelson Community College and Tidewater Community College. The evaluation will provide feedback to improve implementation and assess the promise of these programs by comparing outcomes including, or theoretically linked to, credential attainment and employment between students receiving prior learning assessment (PLA), and mentoring support with those who have not.

Find out more about the project by clicking here: http://tiny.cc/s7uq0x